The Lute Society: Meetings

Meetings

For lute playing opportunities, see:

Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Next meeting

  • Feb 11th 2023: Michal Gondko, ‘Polonica’ talk and main recital, Kevin Allen performs his ‘Intermezzo’, Ugo Nastrucci and Massimo Marchese perform a progamme of duets programme, talk on playing fretless, by Eric Franklin, a new tutor for baroque lute, presentation by Peter Croton

No need to book - all welcome just turn up, and bring friends and family. The day is free, except for the final recital, tickets £13 including wine, tea, and home-made cake, on sale during the day, concessions on request

If you are booking an advanced train ticket, our recitals usually end around 5.45 pm and always by 6 pm when we vacate the hall.

Meetings in 2023

Details subject to change.

- Feb 11th Michal Gondko, ‘Polonica’ talk and main recital, Kevin Allen performs his ‘Intermezzo’, Ugo Nastrucci and Massimo Marchese perform a progamme of duets programme, talk on playing fretless, by Eric Franklin, a new tutor for baroque lute, presentation by Peter Croton
- Mar 9th-12th Benslow Lutefest, with Jakob Lindberg, Jacob Heringman, Lynda Sayce, Matthew Spring, Sara Stowe, and Sam Chapman
- May 13th Liz Kenny recital, talk on the Albanian lute from Ardian Ahmedaja, ‘The 11-course liuto attiorbato’, talk by Sebastian Kirsch, the Jacobides codex, talk by Jan Cizmar
- May 20th, AGM by Zoom conference, all welcome to participate.
- June 17th, summer party, Maidenhead
- Sept 9th Jonatan Bougt main recital and talk on the Düben collection in Uppsala, The Wartburg gittern of Hans Oth, talk by Thilo Hirsch, minirecital by Stuart Willis
- Nov 18th A history of fake lutes, talk by David van Edwards, women and the lute, talk and concert by Matthew Spring and Galliarda, talk on Englishwomen and the lute in 17th century by Sara Salloum, mini recital from Kristiina Watt and Madeleine de Berrie

Pictures from meetings

See a selection of pictures from meetings

Annual Benslow Lutefest March 9th-12th, 2023

We have an annual residential weekend, currently held at Benslow Music in Hitchin. We offer bursaries to students every year to attend. See some recent reflections and review for LuteFest 2020. The next Benslow Lutefest will be held on March 9th-12th 2023 with Jacob Heringman, Lynda Sayce, Matthew Spring, Sara Stowe, and two other teachers tba.

International events: other national lute societies´meetings

2022

  • January, Nederlands Luitvereining meeting on Kapsberger - postponed, date tba
  • February 22nd, Deutsche Lautengesellschaft AGM, online at 16.00
  • February 26th, 11 am European time, Zoom meeting of Societa Italiano del Liuto, contact
  • April 1st-3rd, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation, biennial festival, Edinburgh www.bbmg.org.uk/2020/12/10/festival-2020/
  • April 2nd-3rd, Societe Francaise de Luth, annual meeting, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris, contact:
  • April 9th, 11 am European time, Zoom meeting of Societa Italiano del Liuto, contact
  • April 22-24, Symposium on Dowland's Continental travels, Germany
  • April 9th, 11 am European time, Zoom meeting of Societa Italiano del Liuto, contact
  • May 9th Flow My Beers pub night from 6.30 pm until closing time. Open to all, party pieces especially welcome. We will be in the upstairs room at the Bishops Finger Pub, 9-10 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9JR.
  • June 10th-12th Ensemble workshops and concerts within the Schuyt Festival Leiden, Netherlands, schuytfestival.nl/workshop/: Programme: schuytfestival.nl/programma2022/
  • July 9th, Edinburgh, meeting of the Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society
  • July 21st-22nd, Maurizio Pratola, International lute playing competition, for younger players,
  • September 3-4 Internationale Luitdagen 2022, Utrecht, Style Galante, the Lute in the German Countries in the 18th century, Concerts, symposium, workshop, masterclass, in conjunction with the Utrecht Early Music Festival www.luitdagen.nl/
  • September 14-18 Basel Lute Days, Switzerland, incorporating German Lute Society International Lute Festival, theme: the lute in the 20th century
  • Sept 30th-October 1st, Convegno dei liutisti italiani, Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milano
  • October 2nd, 3pm-6pm Société Française de Luth (Foranim), 48 rue Bargue 75015 Paris, concert meeting: Jeanne-Marie Gilbert : chant, luth et archiluth, Airs de Cour; Trio de luths Jeanne-Marie Gilbert, Francisco Orozco et Céline Ferru : Pièces et danses italiennes et anglaises du 16e siècle, en solo, duo et trio; Francisco Orozco : chant, luth et vihuela, Oeuvres de Encina, Narvaëz, Milàn, Mudarra, pièces anonymes, italiennes 16e et judéo-espagnoles.

2023

- Nederlands Luitvereiniging 40th anniversary celebration
- April 1st-2nd, Societe Francaise de Luth, annual meeting, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris, contact:
- October 15th Belgian lute day

Back list of virtual meetings on our Youtube Channel

Prompted by the Covid pandemic, in 2020 and 2021 we began to compile 'virtual meetings', which you can view online: